Gedächtniskirche – Berlin

The Gedächtniskirche was the symbolic center of West Berlin during the Cold War and is a monument celebrating peace and reconciliation. 

Built between 1891 and 1895 in neo-Romanesque style in memory of Kaiser Wilhelm I, German Emperor and King of Prussia, the church was severely damaged by bombing on 23th December 1943 and then almost entirely destroyed during the air raids of 1945.

The whole of the Gedächtniskirche is formed by the ruins of the church destroyed during the war and of contemporary works.

The construction consists of concrete elements in which glass stones have been embedded. Inside the nave of the octagonal church, the colored glass stones generate an intense blue light and is a place of warning against war and destruction.

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